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  1. Weight-shift training during stroke rehabilitation requires patient effort, potentially causing leg spasticity and anxiety, which disturb motor learning. The purpose of this study was (1) to devise an implicit...

    Authors: Kazuhiro Yasuda, Kenta Saichi, Yu Kitaji, Hiroaki Harashima and Hiroyasu Iwata

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:26

    Content type: Development Report

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  2. This paper reports an improvement of the particle-excitation flow control valve. The valve that we have designed in previous reports can control air flow, using particle excitation by piezoelectric resonance, ...

    Authors: Daisuke Hirooka, Tomomi Yamaguchi, Naomichi Furushiro, Koichi Suzumori and Takefumi Kanda

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:25

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Surface wettability is one of most important indexes for understanding the interfacial characteristics between a solid surface and a liquid, especially such physico-chemical properties as hydrophilicity and wa...

    Authors: Nobuyuki Tanaka, Yoshihide Haruzono, Hiromitsu Nasu, Yuki Nakanishi, Junko Takahara, Akane Awazu and Yo Tanaka

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:21

    Content type: Development Report

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  4. This paper presents a remote radioactive seed-loading device for permanent brachytherapy of oral cancer with Au-198 grains to reduce the exposure dose to the doctors. Permanent brachytherapy is a treatment whi...

    Authors: Mukau Sato, Yukari Saito, Toshio Takayama, Toru Omata, Hiroshi Watanabe, Ryoichi Yoshimura and Masahiko Miura

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:23

    Content type: Research article

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  5. 3D visual mapping of the seafloor has found applications ranging from environment monitoring and survey of marine minerals to underwater archaeology and inspection of modern artificial structures. However, the...

    Authors: Adrian Bodenmann, Blair Thornton, Ryota Nakajima and Tamaki Ura

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:22

    Content type: Research article

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  6. In this study, we set out to develop a method for estimating the fine and fast shear deformation of a finger pad, that is, the palm side of a fingertip, as it scans the surface of a material. Using a miniature...

    Authors: Shunsuke Sato, Shogo Okamoto, Yoichiro Matsuura and Yoji Yamada

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:19

    Content type: Research article

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  7. In this paper, a new model for electroadhesion between two surface-insulated plates under DC electric field is presented and control of dynamic responses of electroadhesion force is discussed. Under DC electri...

    Authors: Taku Nakamura and Akio Yamamoto

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:18

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Essential tremor is a disorder that causes involuntary oscillations in patients both while they are engaged in actions and when maintaining a posture. Such patients face serious difficulties in performing dail...

    Authors: Yuya Matsumoto, Masatoshi Seki, Yasutaka Nakashima, Takeshi Ando, Yo Kobayashi, Hiroshi Iijima, Masanori Nagaoka and Masakatsu G. Fujie

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:15

    Content type: Research Article

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  9. In this paper we present an online unsupervised method based on clustering to find defects in concrete structures using hammering. First, the initial dataset of sound samples is roughly clustered using the k-m...

    Authors: Jun Younes Louhi Kasahara, Hiromitsu Fujii, Atsushi Yamashita and Hajime Asama

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:13

    Content type: Research article

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  10. When a human rubs a contactor that is vibrating laterally at 3–10 Hz with an amplitude of ~1 mm, the friction is perceived as being greater than that sensed when touching a stationary contactor. This phenomeno...

    Authors: Akihiro Imaizumi, Shogo Okamoto and Yoji Yamada

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:12

    Content type: Research article

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  11. We discuss about safe tree felling methods. In previous work, tree felling robots that were equipped with cutting instruments have been investigated in order to keep workers’ safety. However, these robots may ...

    Authors: Chyon Hae Kim, Hiroaki Abe, Akio Numakura, Jyunpei Koyama and Yukio Takahashi

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:7

    Content type: Research article

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  12. It was cleared that transportability of emergency response robots system had been very important. Therefore, RESQ series robots, which were developed by Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (present, Japan A...

    Authors: Shinji Kawatsuma, Ryuji Mimura and Hajime Asama

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:6

    Content type: Development Report

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  13. This paper presents a non-contact manipulation method using rotational flow generated by high speed motion of a glass needle. In order to generate an applicable motion that can precisely control the speed and ...

    Authors: Eunhye Kim, Masaru Kojima, Liu Xiaoming, Takayuki Hattori, Kazuto Kamiyama, Yasushi Mae and Tatsuo Arai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:5

    Content type: Research article

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  14. This paper describes a skill assist method for sinusoidal motions using a semi-active assist mechanism through an energy control method. In a previous study, we had developed and verified the effectiveness of ...

    Authors: Takashi Kusaka, Takayuki Tanaka and Hidekazu Kajiwara

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:2

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Recently, researches on electric vehicle are focused on motion control and state estimation. These works require a model that imitate a real vehicle as close as possible. We propose in this paper a signal hard...

    Authors: Thanh Vo-Duy and Minh C. Ta

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:29

    Content type: Research Article

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  16. A mechanism that allows a robotic arm to quickly grip various forms of objects at disaster sites will enhance the mobility of rescue robots by keeping their bodies stable and maintaining manipulability for tar...

    Authors: Eri Takane, Kenjiro Tadakuma, Tomonari Yamamoto, Masashi Konyo and Satoshi Tadokoro

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:28

    Content type: Research Article

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  17. In this paper, we have dealt with the problem to transport large heavy objects using a group of small mobile robots. Generally, payload of the robot, the maximum weight of the object that the robot can operate...

    Authors: Fusao Ohashi, Kohei Kaminishi, Jorge David Figueroa Heredia, Hiroki Kato, Taiki Ogata, Tatsunori Hara and Jun Ota

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:27

    Content type: Research Article

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  18. Service robots are common sights in everyday life. The service robots are expected to provide useful services with a high degree of usability, and a high degree of user experience (UX) to users and other perso...

    Authors: Yoshinobu Akimoto, Eri Sato-Shimokawara, Yasunari Fujimoto and Toru Yamaguchi

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:26

    Content type: Research Article

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  19. In an automobile assembly line, many processes require control and human intervention. A human’s dexterity and ability to react to unpredictable changes in production volume and product specifications are nece...

    Authors: Jun Kinugawa, Akira Kanazawa and Kazuhiro Kosuge

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:23

    Content type: Development Report

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  20. This study proposes new wire mechanism called “the redundant drive wire mechanism” (RDWM), driven by double actuator modules. The RDWM is configured with velocity constraint modules (VCMs) that provide high-ac...

    Authors: Tam Nhat Le, Hiroki Dobashi and Kiyoshi Nagai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:22

    Content type: Research Article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:24

  21. In some surveillance missions in the aftermath of disasters, the use of a teleoperated tracked vehicle contributes to the safety of rescue crews. However, because of its insufficient traversal capability, the ...

    Authors: Daisuke Endo and Keiji Nagatani

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:20

    Content type: Research Article

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  22. A remarkable number of vitreoretinal surgeries are performed each year despite their difficulty. As a result, a high demand exists for a mock-up simulator of retinal vessels to simulate these surgeries. Thus, ...

    Authors: Takeshi Hayakawa, Ippei Kato, Fumihito Arai, Mamoru Mitsuishi, Naohiko Sugita, Kanako Harada, Shinichi Tanaka, Yasuo Noda and Takashi Ueta

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:19

    Content type: Research Article

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  23. This paper presents a redundant musculoskeletal robot using thin McKibben muscles that is based on human anatomy. The purpose of this robot is to achieve motions and characteristics that are very similar to a ...

    Authors: Shunichi Kurumaya, Koichi Suzumori, Hiroyuki Nabae and Shuichi Wakimoto

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:18

    Content type: Research Article

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  24. The problem of demographic shifts towards the elderly is deteriorating, as the relative number of caregivers is insufficient to provide the support required for their wellbeing, which is further aggravated by ...

    Authors: Noel Nuo Wi Tay, Azhar Aulia Saputra, János Botzheim and Naoyuki Kubota

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:17

    Content type: Research Article

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  25. We deal with a technical issue of assembling a ring part into a shaft part with the clearance of several micrometers by using a robotic manipulator. This issue is difficult because of deformation of a ring par...

    Authors: Tomoya Fukukawa, Junji Takahashi and Toshio Fukuda

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:16

    Content type: Research Article

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  26. We propose a motion control interface system for a mobile robotic cart to support Home Oxygen Therapy (HOT) patients when they go out. Our goal is to realize a mobile robotic cart similar to a wheeled walker t...

    Authors: Masatsugu Iribe, Naoto Maeta, Gen Endo, Toshio Takubo, Mineko Ohira and Tetsuya Kinugasa

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:14

    Content type: Development Report

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  27. The research described herein was undertaken to develop and test a novel tongue interface based on classification of tongue motions from the surface electromyography (EMG) signals of the suprahyoid muscles det...

    Authors: Makoto Sasaki, Kohei Onishi, Dimitar Stefanov, Katsuhiro Kamata, Atsushi Nakayama, Masahiro Yoshikawa and Goro Obinata

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:9

    Content type: Research Article

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